A dog’s dinner is made of training

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As if training to run in this year’s London Marathon wasn’t challenging enough Strachan man Donald Horsfall’s training schedule has fallen foul of Dobbie, his neighbour’s Doberman, who decided to dine on Donald’s training shoes.

Donald said: “My training for this year’s Marathon started in January which was unfortunate as the snow and ice played havoc with my schedule. I’ve had an additional set back of shin splints for which I’m currently receiving physio and acupuncture, and just to top this my running trainers were eaten by Dobbie so this year has definitely been a challenge!

“However, I’m pleased to report I am now back to almost full fitness, already running good half marathons and am very optimistic that my experience of previous marathons will help me on the day. I’ve also been teetotal since New Year so physically I feel in good shape, and most importantly I now have a new pair of training shoes!”

Donald undertakes a variety of short runs during the week with longer runs on the weekend which are typically around the Feughside area.

Donald continued: “I’m running to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) this year. I feel running in the Marathon is an excellent way to raise the charity’s profile and help raise funds to assist with the BHF life-changing research.

“I’m really grateful to my corporate sponsor, Optima Solutions, who have helped me enormously by supporting my training and providing trains and expenses to allow me to participate in the event.” Jamie Oag, Managing Director for Optima Solutions said: “This is the second year Optima has sponsored Donald. We were so impressed with his dedication and commitment we were delighted to sponsor him again this year to help him achieve his fundraising target of £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

“We are also very pleased to help support a charity dinner, also organised by Donald, which will take place at Raemoir House Hotel on 9th April.”